Criminal Justice 412

CRJU 412: Security Administration and Crime Prevention

Prerequisites: CRJU 100  

Credit Hours: (3)

An introduction to private security administration and crime prevention measures utilized by industrial, commercial and community agencies.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. The nature of private security and crime prevention

            a) what is private security and how is it conducted in the United States today?

            b) what is crime prevention and what are some practical techniques for implementing it?

            c) the interface between crime prevention and the modern practice of private security

2. A detailed description of private security

            a) types of agencies

            b) duties and responsibilities of private security officers

            c) the extent of private security in America

3. Public/Private Interface

            a) legal authority

            b) complementary roles

4. Preventing losses from criminal actions

            a) criminal and civil actions

            b) enforcing proprietary rights

5.Preventing losses from accidents

            a) OSHA

            b) accident prevention

             c) fires

6. Security Approaches and Environmental Design

            a) security levels

            b) maximum security psychology

            c) E/S concepts

            d) defensible space concepts

7. Physical Barriers

            a) doors

            b) roofs and floors

            c) fences

            d) walls and moats

8. Locks

            a) terminology and components

            b) types of locks

            c) attacks and countermeasures

9. Safes and Vaults

            a) types of locking mechanisms

            b) alarms

            c) attacks and countermeasures

10. Lighting

            a) terms and components

            b) types of lighting sources

            c) applications guidelines

11. Alarms

            a) terms and components

            b) transmissions and signalling

            c) attacks and countermeasures


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will consist primarily of class lecture, class discussion and hands-on projects.  Basic concepts, principles and definitions will be presented. Class discussion and projects will expound on the basic concepts. Numerous outside speakers on specific topical areas will address the class during the semester.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

1. Describe the basic operations of varied private security agencies in America.

2. Critically evaluate the purposes and goals of those agencies.

3. Describe and apply the principles of environmental design, defensible space and security design to practical situations.

4. Articulate a basic working knowledge of the components and terms in the specific topics of physical barriers, locks, safes, vaults, lighting and alarms.


Assessment Measures

Knowledge and understanding of the material covered in this course, as well as the ability to apply it to real life situations, may be measured using an array of assessment tools that can include tests, formal papers, informal writing assignments, written projects, and formal oral presentations. Instructors of this course can choose among these assessment tools and may develop others if they deem it appropriate.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

September 2001, Reviewed by Dr. Isaac Van Patten, Department Chair

May, 2011